Ghost The MusicalPhotos – Jeff Busby

For a fabulous, uncanny and truly spectacular theatrical experience get your body and spirit straight to the Adelaide Festival Theatre and this stunning show!

Ghost The Musical, born out of its academy award winning movie predecessor, may be an un-challenging story perhaps, but with convincing acting, expressive music, and magical special effects, it presents real emotional highs and some very poignant and touching scenes, that will make you laugh and even cry.

The power of love may be a familiar theme, but setting the two lovers in two worlds between which communication is not possible (or is it?) requires a new level of imagination and suspension of reality that the magic of theatre makes possible.

Some of its songs may be somewhat formulaic, with words that are far from clear as they are drowned out by the powerful accompaniment, but the singing is excellent and the visceral effect is palpable.

Dramatic leads Rob Mills as Sam, and Jemma Rix as Molly are well teamed, and strong and convincing throughout in two challenging roles, each with a wide range of nicely portrayed emotional peaks. Rix’s voice is beautifully controlled and perfectly suited to the role. Wendy Mae Brown is a stand-out as the phoney psychic who manages to bridge the earthly and spiritual worlds of the lovers. She is clearly very familiar with this fabulous role, having played it in several earlier productions. She wears the role like a glove (even better than Whoopie Goldberg’s Oscar winning performance in the movie in my view) and totally dominates the stage and delights the audience with some hilarious moments. She is delightfully supported by her two chubby but lythe and athletic accolytes in Evette Marie White and Lydia Warr. Alex Rathberger as Carl is a smooth, initially appealing, but eventually villainous double crossing crook.

Big Bouquets must go to the Ensemble – their slick, crisp, energetic, perfectly rehearsed unity in some wonderful choreography by Ashley Wallen providing some memorable highlights. They are backed up by the big sound of the band in the pit with its electronic boosting under Musical Director Dave Skelton, and supported by some remarkable visuals projected on a series of scrims and set elements by a top team of designers, projectionists and lighting engineers, without whom this show could never reach the peaks that it does. These back-stage artistes are as crucial to the glamour and perfection of the show as the on-stage actors, singers and dancers.

Special effects abound, and they are very impressive and another integral element of this production. Sam’s ghost walks through a closed door, people are thrown around a “moving” train, people disappear and reappear before our eyes, umbrellas with lit up handles descend from above are are incorporated into the dance… These effects are not just for show – they are are perfectly integrated into the story, the emotionality and the music, and the combination of all these factors – music, drama, lighting, effects, costumerie, dance, make for a fabulous show that should not be missed. Adelaide can be proud to be launching its national tour.

Ambassador Theatre Group Asia Pacific, GWB Entertainment, Red Live and Adelaide Festival Centre in association with Colin Ingram, Hello Entertainment and Paramount Pictures present

Bruce Joel Rubin (Book and Lyrics) and Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard (Music and Lyrics)

Venue: Festival Theatre | Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St, Adelaide
Dates: 7 – 31 January, 2016
Tickets: $64.90 – $129.90
Bookings: 131 246 |
Also touring:
Regent Theatre, Melbourne from Friday 5 February 2016
Theatre Royal, Sydney from Friday 18 March 2016
Crown, Perth from Saturday 21 May 2016

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